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Washington remits Mikheil’s sins?31.05.2011 | 15:35
Lawlessness that the citizens of the Georgian capital saw on the night of May 26 was not left unnoticed by foreign countries and international institutions. The United States, as well as Human Rights Watch NGO and Reporters Without Borders condemn Saakashvili's violence against the opposition of the republic. GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed consequences of this reaction and possible sanctions against Georgia with Sergey Demidenko, an expert of the Institute of Strategic Evaluation and Analysis, and Manana Nachkebia, leader of the Georgian opposition party "New Rights".
Georgian opposition party "New Rights".
Tragic events in Georgia have been one of the main topics for international news agencies over the past few days. Bloody methods to suppress the opposition that the current leader of the republic chose are actively discussed in political circles. Remarkably, the Georgian dictator's behavior is condemned both in Moscow and Washington.
As John Bass, US ambassador to Georgia stated, Sakartvelo authorities must investigate into cases of the abuse of power by the police. "I am outraged that after the rally was dispersed, there was excessive use of force by certain persons that took part in the operation. Violence can never be a response to challenges the society faces", - he remarked expressing condolences to the families of the victims as a result of the dispersion.
Moscow is of the same opinion. Alexander Lukashevich from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs underlines that actions of the law-enforcement authorities against opposition in violation of universally accepted democratic norms must be seriously investigated at an international level. "We expect that the recent events in Georgia will be given unbiased assessment of international rights defending organizations and the countries that support Saakashvili regime", - he added.
Here is the opinion on events in Georgia presented by international organizations. Human Rights Watch openly states that even if the Tbilisi demonstration was unauthorized, nothing can justify the beating of largely peaceful demonstrators. "We urge the Georgian government to immediately start a thorough and impartial investigation into the actions of law enforcers against demonstrators", - the statement of the organization reads as quoted by Caucasian Knot.
Reporters Without Borders reiterate that the violent crackdown of the demonstration is shocking and undemocratic. Presently the organization is gathering reports on violence against reporters as well as destruction and seizure of equipment at the time of rally dispersion.
What is in store for Saakashvili for this arbitrary behavior? Will his methods be condemned in other Western countries, and will Mishiko continue to have the support of the United States after the events of May 26? GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed that with Sergey Demidenko and Manana Nachkebia.
According to the Russian expert, many world countries will react to the events in Georgia by condemning the leaders of the country. "Yet, I immediately think of the situation in 2007, when the scale of opposition rallies was much more serious, and the regime, so to say, acted with equal severity", Demidenko said. - Tbilisi was also criticized then, and nothing came out of it in the end. Now, recalling those events, it is true to say that the events of these days will hardly be a more serious blow to Georgia's international image
The politologist thinks that the leaders of the republic will not face serious sanctions. "The result will be discussion of the actions of Georgian authorities, - the expert of the Institute of Strategic Analysis and Evaluation emphasized. - This is primarily connected with Saakashvili's role as a carrier of ideological values of the West in Caucasus. It is clear that he is not a real democrat or liberal. Nonetheless, he is number one in pursuing US interests in the region. His partners will act only when a person to replace Saakashvili will be found. Unfortunately, the Georgian opposition is disunited and cannot come up with a unique leader. So Washington has no other choice but to support Georgia's current president, correcting his behavior from time to time and scolding him for beating the opposition.
Manana Nachkebia remarked that things will get clearer one of these days. "We saw video reports of absolutely inadequate use of force by special units of the authorities", - the leader of the New Rights says. - I think other countries and international organization will react. It is not incidental that unproportionate measures taken by the Georgian authorities are discussed both inside the country and in the West".